Canva – the best free online photo editor

Many of us want to edit photographs for many different reasons. Be it for Instagram, Facebook or any other service. But its so hard to find a reliable photo editor online. True enough we can use an application that is free like Gimp or paid like Photoshop but the learning curve is really steep for those applications. Enter Canva – The best free online photo editor.

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Canva has two versions like any other service available, free and paid. In this article I will be concentrating on the free version of Canva.

Canva has a very nice looking homepage and many more features and we will discuss the Pros and the Cons of it.

Pros

Wide range of options

Canva offers super in built templates for a huge variety of services. I personally haven’t seen any other editing service that provides so much of options. Here are some of the few options Canva has to export your project.

  • YouTube Thumbnail
  • YouTube channel art
  • Instagram Post
  • Facebook Post
  • Instagram Story
  • Logo design
  • Flyer designs
  • Poster designs
  • Letterheads
  • Animated Social Media
  • Facebook Video

Custom Dimensions

If you are not satisfied with the dimensions that Canva offers you simply use your own! This is really handy if you are designing a header or something else.

Easy to manage work area

Canva has the best and easiest to handle work area of any online free photo editing website that I have seen. Your uploaded media, design themes, audio files, video files, backgrounds, text controls etc. are in different places and it is so organized. Also Canva supports drag and drop so using a particular file/preset is really easy. Also there are a lot of different fonts and inbuilt templates you can use. Canva has its own Audio Library as well.

Canva screenshot video library
Canva’s Workspace

Simple Animations

Face it. Have you ever seen any other website that allows you to add a simple animation into your project so easily by the click of a button? Canva does just that. The animations are not very advanced mind you but they do add a little colour to your project.

Wide Range of Formats To Save

You can save the still images as it is in jpeg, png etc. Also you can save your animated projects as a gif or as an mp4 file. This is very handy for wordpress.com users as they can’t upload video files but can upload gif files. Infact, that “New” gif you see at thejust below was done using Canva. You might need to use the animated social media option to do this as this was introduced very recently.

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Direct Publishing

Yes, you can direct publish to

  • Box
  • Hubspot
  • Typeform
  • Smartmockups
  • Moovely
  • Simplebooklet
  • Gain
  • Pageproof
  • Publer

Mobile Friendly

Canva has a mobile friendly app and even the design environment on the website is mobile friendly. It is probably one of the only websites that I have seen work amazingly on a phone as well as on a PC.

Organize your work

Canva offers you the unique feature to organize your work into “Folders” similar to the way that you organize files on your computer. This is pretty handy if like me you use Canva for a lot of stuff.

Layered Editing

Canav offers Layered editing. That is you have the option the edit different Layers and finally complete the main project by putting all the layes together. This is something that Gimp and Photoshop also have.

Screenshots

  • Canva homepage screenshot
  • Canva screenshot audio library
  • Canva screenshot video library

Cons

Sizing Error

This has happened to me only once. When sizing for a YouTube Channel Art eventhough Canva sizing showed the correct size, YouTube cropped the image. I have not faced this problem again anyway.

Free Account Limits

There are a limited free resources inbuilt to Canva you can use. None of the features except the “team collabration” is restricted. However by referring others and by being a referral yourself, you can earn Credit Points that you can use for the Pro option on checkout. In fact use this link to earn your first referral point.

Verdict

Canva is undoubtedly the best online free photo editor website/app.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

How was your experience with Canva? Have you come across similar websites? Let us know in the comments section below.


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How to add any amount of pictures/videos to your wordpress.com site for free

So you own a wordpress.com site on the free plan and you are worried abouth the 3GB storage space or you are about to start a wordpress.com site and you are concerned about the 3GB storage space? Don’t worry or panic, there is a way to host literally infinite amounts of pictures and videos for free on your site without any plugin or using an “illegal” way.

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A way to host infinite images on your wordpress.com site
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Adding infinite amount of pictures

No, it’s not so complex as you may thing it is. This is one of the most easiest things to do. Are you ready to hear the secret? It’s called embedding.

What is embedding?

Embedding is simply copying an URL and pasting it back into a paragraph block on your wordpress.com website. You don’t even need to know HTML. WordPress does all the heavy lifting for you and embeds it into your site.

Surprised? Click here for the full list of supported embeds.

Embedding Images

For the purposes of including infinite amount of images, think which website allows you to use unlimited uploading?

Was your answer Pintereset? If yes, congradulations! you are on the right path.

Follow the steps below to embed an image to wordpress.com

  • Head over to Pinterest and then create an account.
  • Now upload a “Pin” (Or several “Pins”)
  • Create a “Board” if you want to use several images.
  • Copy the URL from your browser tab and copy/paste on a blank paragraph block in your wordpress.com website.
  • Bingo! the final outcome should look like this.

See? now how simple was that? Also you may want to add your website URL to your Pin so other people can visit your site.

A word of caution……..

Note that you may find millions of images of stuff on Pinterest but that doesn’t mean you can go on using every image that you get. Images may be copyrighted. It is safe however to use a website like Pexels to make sure you stay free of trouble.


Adding videos to your wordpress.com website

Use services such as YouTube to embed videos to your website.
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I wanted to upload a video onto this website and when I finally painfully did the editing and tried to upload it, a rude message told me that I had to upgrade to a plan to use videos. However i figured out an alternative way for this and you guessed it! YouTube

Actually there are many ways to do this but the simplest is YouTube.

All you have to do is sign up for a Google account, create a channel and there you go!

Copy/paste the URL and the video should look something like this.

Now the really amazing thing is wordpress.com supports a huge amount of embeds to allow users to use media not in their media library. You can find a list of it here.

Did your perspective of wordpress.com change? do you know any other tricks in wordpress.com? Let us know in the comments below.


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